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Things I've learned on the MARTA

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Things I've learned on the MARTA:

- Someone will kill any cockroach which dares to show so much as an antennae in a passenger car. I'm pretty untroubled by cockroaches. I don't want them in my house, but they don't freak me out, and I try to adhere to a live and let live philosophy in general. So when I saw a cockroach scuttling by the other day on my commute, I just scooted over to the empty seat next to me--'cause tolerance notwithstanding, I didn't want it invading my personal space--and turned back to my VAIO. But, as it cleared my row and continued along its way, I heard behind me, "Cockroach!!" followed by an unmistakable *crunch*. Now how is smushed cockroach on the train wall an improvement, I ask you?

- It is a cosmic truth that the more work I need to do, the greater the likelihood that the person who sits next to me on the train will strike up a conversation and keep talking to me, no matter how laconic or terse my response.

- The MARTA is timed to promote hurrying. If I scamper--bolting for the platform and briskly striding up the escalator rather than lazily letting it carry me along--there will be a minimal (or no) wait until my train arrives. If I lollygag or get trapped behind folks progressing in a more leisurely fashion, I will arrive at the platform just in time to see my train pulling away. @#%^!!

   

Writing Stuff

Publishers Weekly gave Best New Fantasy a starred review and included me among the writers to give a kudos to:

". . . Wallace also showcases newcomers with stories that indicate abundant promise: Yoon Ha Lee's mystical fable, "Eating Hearts"; M. Rickert's homage to Stephen King, "A Very Little Madness Goes a Long Way"; and Eugie Foster's haunting "Returning My Sister's Face," a retelling of a Japanese Edo tale. . ."

I'm a newcomer with abundant promise! *Squee!*


New Words/Editing:
- Negative 800 words on "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" in a rewrite/editing pass after feedback from fosteronfilm. I did a complete overhaul on the ending, which pulls the theme of the story together in a more meaningful manner. I think. And the hubby gave me good suggestions on pulling out big ole chunks of unnecessary exposition. Going to give it a few more passes before declaring it a first draft and ready for the rigors of critique.

I'm feeling:
bouncy bouncy
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On November 29th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC), neo_prodigy commented:
I'm a newcomer with abundant promise! *Squee!*

well.......YEAH!!!!

;D

congrats on the success.
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On November 29th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC), pabba commented:
Yay for abundant promise!!! :)
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On November 29th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC), madwriter commented:
A newcomer with abundant promise
We could have told you that, but I'll grant it means something different coming from PW. :)
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On November 30th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC), ex_dotificu commented:
Congrats on the PW kudos!! That's very cool.
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On November 30th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Wow, a starred review with specifics. Double-wow and a big congrats!

Make next week, be kind to cockroaches week and see if that lessens the murders. I doubt it. There's just something deeply frightening about a beast who can survive microwaving, or is that an urban myth?
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On December 1st, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC), canadiansuzanne commented:
I'm a newcomer with abundant promise! *Squee!*

Double squee! What a great review. You must be glowing!
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